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Sheila's bookshelf: read

The Best Intentions
Scotland's Melody
The Secret Society of Salzburg
Secret of the Sonnets
20-40-60-Minute Dinners: Meals to Match the Time You Have
Through the Wilderness: My Journey of Redemption and Healing in the American Wild
Secret Santa Claus Club: A Tool to Help Parents Unwrap the Secret of Santa
Mr. Pudgins
Revenge Never Rests
The Best Mistake
Meriden Park
More Inspirational Stories for Young Women
The Great Tree: A Christmas Fable
To Capture His Heart
The Call of the Sea
Livvy and the Enchanted Woodland
Come, Gentle Night
The Bad Boy Theory
Guide To Smart Wedding Planning: What You want to know and everything you haven't thought of yet.

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2024 Goodreads Reading Challenge

2024 Reading Challenge

2024 Reading Challenge
Sheila has read 4 books toward her goal of 100 books.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

My Review of "The Ball's In Her Court"

She's got a great job, a loving group of family and friends and basketball skills like you wouldn't believe, but Denise DeWalt's life is far from perfect, and she's about to come face-to-face with a past she hoped to leave behind forever.

Twenty-six-year-old Denise thinks she's come to terms with her childhood in the foster care system, but when her old nightmares return, Denise realizes that she must deal with her past once and for all if she ever wants to move on to a brighter future with Rich, the only man who can see past her former life. As Denise's search leads her closer and closer to the one person she hoped she'd never have to face again, she begins to realize that her future depends on just one person--herself.

This emotional and inspirational love story proves that life is full of unexpected twists and turns--especially when it comes to facing your demons, fighting for love, and finding happiness for the future.

I was so happy to receive a review copy of "The Ball's In Her Court". At first glance you think that this is going to be another lighthearted LDS Romance. I am here to say, nothing could be further from the truth. This story is one that tugs at your heart strings and also makes you take a second look at the foster care system.

This novel also explores how hard it is to heal from traumatizing events in our lives. It not only can take many years of love and support from those around you, but it also requires you to turn it over to the Lord. Denise struggles throughout the novel allowing others to love her. Denise also faces the hard task of forgiving her birth mother. Many of us have a hard time with forgiving others for small things; just imagine trying to forgive your birth mother for the abuse she allowed to happen to you as a small child.

This book was an interesting read for me for one huge reason, I was adopt
ed after I was born. It made me think of many things such as my own birth mother and whether I have half siblings out there somewhere. Personally, I have never felt the desire to search for my birth parents. I have been blessed with the most wonderful parents in the world and they are my best friends. The only reason I would pursue contact with my birth family would be to acquire a medical background. This novel still brought so many feelings to the surface for me. I was very happy for Denise as she found members of her birth family, but I realized this needed to happen for her as she pursued her journey of healing.

The Romance in this story...Oh my! Yes, the romance is fantastic! Rich is a man that any woman would love to have in their life. One other reviewer of this book mentioned, that Heather really knows how to write a great kissing scene. I want to also add that YES she does! Rich truly hangs in there and fights for Denise. How many men would do that? Hopefully there are men out there that have done that.

I also wanted you to know, that Heather is very qualified to write this story about the foster care system. Heather and her husband have foster parented fifteen children. What loving people they are to so unselfishly help and love these children. One more thing, this is Heather's first published novel and she has done a very fine job.

If you would like to learn more about Heather and her books she is now working on,visit her blog or website at...

I want to thank Cedar Fort Publishing for sending me this free copy of "The Ball's In Her Court". You can purchase this book at their website at


  1. Great review, Sheila! I absolutely LOVE this book!!!

  2. Thanks Danyelle! It is an amazing book for a first published book. I can't wait to read more from Heather!